This February, we are all about hearts! No, we aren’t celebrating Valentine’s Day all month long. Throughout February, we are working towards raising awareness about heart disease and heart attacks in men and women. Heart disease is one of the top causes of death worldwide. But there are many things you can do to lower your risk of heart disease or help improve your condition if you have heart disease.
Heart Disease is technically any disease that involves your heart or your blood vessels. The most common type of heart disease is Coronary Artery Disease. Coronary Artery Disease is caused by the buildup of plaque in the arteries of the heart.
Some of the risk factors for heart disease include high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, and smoking. In addition to these, your risk of developing heart disease can also depend on age, a poor diet, low physical activity, weight, and stress. Men are more likely to develop heart disease than women. You are at an increased risk for heart disease if you have a family history of heart disease as well.
Certain types of heart disease can be prevented by forming healthy habits and making smart lifestyle choices. While some types of heart disease cannot be prevented, they can be improved by making the same lifestyle choices. These include:
– Quit smoking
– Controlling other health conditions like high blood pressure and cholesterol
– Exercising at least 30 minutes a day for 4-5 days a week
– A healthy diet with low salt and saturated fat
– Maintaining a healthy weight
– Reducing stress if possible, and managing it well if not possible
– Good hygiene
In addition to these practices, coming in for an annual physical is another great way to stay on top of your health and prevent or improve conditions of heart disease. If you have any questions or would like to learn more, feel free to contact your provider or schedule a physical. Our number is 476-8000. If you’d like to read more about heart disease, check out the Mayo Clinic or the CDC’s webpages listed below.